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“I’m 84; my life is almost half over.”

 —Woody Allen


TRUE CRIME FOR KIDS

Billy’s Book

Sure to be a major motion picture!

13 exciting tales of murder, magic, and revenge. The ideal gift for that kid who never quite grew up. Like you. From Transreal, with cover by Lisa Roth Grafix. Our records indicate you haven’t bought your copy yet.

 

BILLY’s Picture BOOK

And for Fine Art lovers, Billy’s Picture Book, illustrated by SF immortal (so far) Rudy Rucker. Evil fun.

FAVORITES

My overlooked 2013 family saga ANY DAY NOW is not exactly science fiction and not exactly not. It’s an alternate history of 1968. John Crowley was kind enough to say, “If you were there then, this is where you were.” Jonathan Lethem was even kinder: “A personal masterpiece, a book which will drop you through the floor of your assumptions about coming of age inside the politics and counterculture of the Vietnam era and into a fresh new-old world, in which you’ll live, for the duration of this book, as your own.” And the ever-generous Michael Chabon added: “An unsettling, funny, freaky reimagining of America, impeccably written, by one of our most consistently interesting transgressors of literary boundaries.”

Nominated for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best science fiction novel of the year. (Didn’t win, but got second place.) Out of print but try Amazon. Good luck.

My most recent collection of short stories TVA BABY is from PM Press. It includes a little shop story, a starship story, a noir detective story, a time travel tale (with paradox), an un-mundane adventure, a retro romantic comedy (with cigarettes and lingerie), and a plundering of pirates.

My utopian novel FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN (also PM) is about what might have been if abolitionist John Brown’s 1859 raid on Harper’s Ferry had succeeded. It has a generous (and perceptive) introduction
by Mumia Abu Jamal.

GREETINGS (stories) and NUMBERS DON’T LIE (Wilson Wu detective stories) are still available from Amazon, as well as the publisher, Tachyon. Tor Books still ships BEARS DISCOVER FIRE, my Hugo winner.

DAY JOB

My day job is writing THIS MONTH IN HISTORY, for Locus magazine. It’s the longest-running trade magazine fiction feature in the Universe.

THEY’RE MADE OUT OF MEAT

 

“Meat?”

“There’s no doubt about it.  We picked up several from …

Yours to read for Free. But this little Kindle book is only 3 bucks, and includes the original plus 5 other all-dialogue shorts (sort of a specialty of mine) ranging from “A View from the Bridge” to everything you need to know about “Life After Death.”  Satisfaction is suggested but not guaranteed.

EDITORIAL ADVENTURES

I worked with Marcy Rein, Mickey Ellinger and Vicki Legion, educators and activists, on their new book, FREE CITY, which is a candid and vivid report from the front lines of the battle between educational “reform” and the needs of a great city. If you liked Ten Days that Shook the World or Fanshen or Common Sense, you’ll dive right in.

BUY IT NOW at 20% OFF

OUTSPOKEN AUTHORS

I’m editing a cool series for PM, which looks almost like a science fiction Who’s Who or Hall of Fame, except that I included myself. Because I could.

SEE ALL THE
OUTSPOKEN AUTHORS

E-BACKLIST

Good as new! Now E-vailable on Kindle, Nook, Apple, Kobo, etc.

Three novellas: Planet of Mystery about the first landing on Venus; Almost Home a YA adventure for adults; and Dear Abbey, an eco-trip to the End of Time in the spirit of Edward Abbey.

Talking Man is filled with practical tips for all those planning an auto trip to the North Pole. The space whaling saga Pirates of the Universe is about a Disney-Windows employee trying to hold onto his perks. The Pick-Up Artist is about a guy who makes room for new art by destroying the old. In Voyage to the Red Planet, the first trip to Mars is produced by Hollywood. All with new covers by Lisa Roth of Lisa Roth Grafix.

HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

“Necronauts,” my first Playboy story, was sold to Blumhouse Productions by Trident Media. It’s about what happens after you kill yourself.

Stephen O’Regan’s short film of “They’re Made out of Meat” won Grand Prize at the Seattle Science Fiction Museum‘s 2006 Film Festival. A short film based on my story “Bears Discover Fire” produced and directed by Scott Riehs and Ben Leonberg, won Best Student Film at the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival. They have also optioned “Bears” for a feature film. Meanwhile, “The Hole in the Hole” (from Numbers Don’t Lie) has been optioned by Brooklyn filmmaker David Capurso. We’ll see.